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A 2017 Globe’s 2017 Spotlight series on race in Boston highlighted a major wealth gap problem in Massachusetts. Here, a laborer passes an advertisement at the Pier 4 project on Northern Ave in the Seaport District on Sept. 27, 2017.

The $8 figure that shamed Boston gets an update

Seven years after a Fed study exposed just how wide the region’s wealth gap remains, a welcome follow-up is in the works.

Pine Street Inn guests talk with the media outside the inn on Nov. 25, 2021.

Boston has what it takes to end homelessness

It’s a lofty goal, but it can be done.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced her plan for affordable housing outside the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain last month.

Wu’s proposed real estate transfer tax deserves Legislature’s blessing

A modest tax on high-end real estate sales in Boston can make that happen.

In 2015, City of Boston housing inspectors found more than 30 violations at this Allston rental. This image shows a point at the base of the house where rats burrowed inside.

A tool to help level the playing field for low-income tenants

The False Claims Act, DOJ’s principal fraud-fighting statute, can be used to back up aggrieved tenants with the strong arm of the federal government.

Mike Andrick (center, crouching), director of Outreach Services with the Pine Street Inn, makes a wellness check of people experiencing homelessness in Newmarket Square, with Corey Grier, (right), director of strategic planning at the Boston Public Health Commission, Jan. 6.

Any solution to Mass. and Cass must be informed by experiences of formerly incarcerated

Without their wisdom, we may all continue to be trapped in a run-around game.

Emy Takiname helps encircle a monument outside the State House in Boston on Oct. 21 during a rally in support of legislation that would reinstitute a temporary ban on evictions in Boston. Homes for All Massachusetts and City Life/Vida Urbana held the rally.

You don’t have to look hard to see why rent control has so much support

Time after time, we watch speculators swoop in, buy a building (often in cash), and dramatically raise rents or issue mass eviction notices.

Beacon Hill legislators are in the final stages of determining how to allocate some $5 billion in federal relief funds.

Easing the pain by building the future

It’s critical for state lawmakers to get those federal funds out the door where they can do some good.

A new building on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain would house formerly homeless people.

Parking wars: Another battle won

In the fight for affordable housing, the Boston City Council has voted to eliminate a potent tool for the NIMBY crowd.